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the largest protest yet in the killing of 13-year-old andy lopez in santa rosa. we're also learning more about the sheriff's deputy who shot lopez last week. he's identified as 48-year-old eric g gelhaus. he has been with the vf's department for more than 20 years. the sheriff says his deputy feels terrible about what happened. >> this is a horrible tragedy for all involved. >> deputy gelhaus is a veteran of the iraq war and a has been a contributor to several gun web sites and police magazines. >>> marjorie is due in court today to be arraigned for the deaths of two people at menlo park last week. the 54-year-old redwood city woman couldn't make it to court yesterday because she was in the medical ward at san mateo county jail. >> rietzell is charged with killing kamal and as they walked their dog along the street thursday night. leaving behind, now, three teenage children. reitzell is on probation from drunk-driving conviction from last fall. >>> 15 san francisco firefighters have been awarded $3.7 million in an age discrimination case. the firefighters challenge results of a test they took
soon at sleep train. ♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ for 13-year-old andy lopez. >>> protestors marching right now for a second straight day in santa rosa demanding justice for 13-year-old andy lopez. an investigators told the "san francisco chronicle" that the deputy who shot and killed lopez last week can't remember if he identified himself as a deputy before that shooting. our own ryan takeo with more on the tense moments leading up to the teenager's death. >> reporter: now investigators are releasing new information about the case and it's raising a big question. did the deputy involved identify himself as law enforcement before shooting? it's not clear right now. the deputy, according to the "san francisco chronicle," told an investigator that he did not remember if he did in fact identify himself before shooting. the deputy claims the 13-year- old andy lopez turned to him with what he thought was a rifle, that's when deputy erick gelhaus started shooting. it was a toy gun. this is the second high-profile protest in as many days. this will go through the str
are gathering for a special day of the dead observance. among those being remembered, 13-year-old andy lopez who was shot and killed by a sheriffs deputy. i'll have an update on big legal developments in the case coming up. >>> and going beyond the politics of pot. coming up, we investigate a common practice by marijuana growers wreaking havoc on wildlife and on our environment. >>> the family of the 13-year-old boy shot and killed by a sheriffs deputy has filed legal claims against the sonoma county board of supervisors. the move is seen as a precursor to a lawsuit. at the same time, there's a new push to get the u.s. commission on civil rights involved to investigate claims that the boy's death points to a larger problem within the county. nbc bay area's monty francis joins us in santa rosa with the details tonight. >> reporter: raj, good evening. the family filed three claims against the county. one on behalf of the boy's mothers. another on behalf of the boy's father. a third on behalf halhalf of hi. supporters of the boy's family are gathering for a day of the dead observance at the spot he
are learning more details on the death of a 13 year-old ind the boy andy lopez who was shot had toy replica guns the police thought that it was a real gun. will tran? >> reporter: the santa rosa police department is investigating this. i am at the scene, last tuesday, this was a field but according to the community it is turned into a crime scene. he was carrying his rifle gun. and it was a toy gun there was no way that the deputies could of known the difference. they said that he should ha dropped the replica. deputies felt threatened and opened fire. since then, there has been one of march. there was one on friday that wa many. and now, the one to make sure that the prosecutors will do a thorough job. with a 5 hour rally. portions of santa rosa, and also going to santa rosa of making sure that they understand that they are very upset over this shooting. he was only a 13 year-old boy. he had also, that he was carrying a replica guns. the deputies that fired should have known the difference >> thank-you. wheat to know more about that deputy that fired the shots. 48 year-old eric galhous he
the community for their support. 13-year-old andy lopez was shot on the 22nd holding an air rifle that looked like an ak-47 assault rifle. abc7 news reporter has the latest from santa rosa. >> reporter: as candles were arranged and a cross was adjusted for the growing memorial for 13-year-old andy lopez, it was not lost on a few people here that this day marks the day of the dead. >> it's a tradition that every 1st and 2nd of november you come and celebrate the dead, or the loved ones of that passed away. >> andy lopez' parents were here a couple of hours. they left just before sunset. they did not want to speak on camera, but they said they will be in san francisco on monday for a big announcement. they will be joining their team of attorneys monday to announce a federal civil lawsuit against the sonoma county sheriff's department. organizers said they had no intention of connect being the death to this day, they just wanted to be here with the lopez family. >> everyone wants to be here remembering andy. that's all it is. we don't want it talk about what happened to andy or anything like tha
-year-old andy lopez was shot on the 22nd holding an air rifle that looked like an ax48 assault rifle. we have the late forest santa rosa. >> reporter: as candles were arranged and a cross was adjusted for the growing memorial for 13-year-old andy lopez, it was not lost on a few people here that this day marks the day of the dead. >> every 1st and 2nd of november you come and celebrate the dead, or the loved ones of that passed away. >> andy lopez' parents were here a few hours. they left just before sunset. they did not want to speak on camera, but they said they will have an announcement on monday. they will join their team of attorneys to announce a federal lawsuit against the sonoma county sheriff's department. organizers say they had no connection of connecting the 13-year-old death to the day, they just wanted to support the lopez family. >> everyone wants to be here remembering andy. that's all it is. we don't want it talk about what happened to andy or anything like that. we just want to remember him. >> a lopez family attorney said the 13-year-old has not been laid to rest be
, demanding justice for andy lopez. details of the rally coming up. and police are searching for someone who could hold the key to understanding lynne spalding's death at san francisco general hospital. we'll have the latest in a live report. and just what is that barge floating off treasure island. and what does google have to do with it. family and friends gathered to say their final goodbyes to 13-year-old andy lopez, he was the teen shot and killed by police last week. another protest is planned for today. kron4's mike pelton and live in santa rosa with details. >>: over the past week we've seen protests and careers here and santa rosa. pitt marking one week since his death last nine community members came out for the funeral mass. perry conceded lopez as friends and family caring and the cascades for the resurrection parish church. many who attended were white, andy's favorite color. --and more white. -- wore. authorities say after lopez did not comply with verbal commands to drop the replica ak-47 the deputy fired out as fear for his safety. last and i you could hear the heartbreak tha
of a teen boy. a large crowd of demonstrators is expected to rally in the name of 13-year-old andy lopez downtown at noon. this morning, there is new information of the deputy would shot lopez. 48-year-old erick gelhaus is 24-year veteran of the department and a firearms instructor who has written articles for law enforcement on the use of deadly force. >> we can never take back what happened. we can express sympathy and sorrow to the family and the community. the way to make it invite to cooperate fully with the investigation being conducted by the police departments. >> lopez was carrying a realistic-looking rifle that shoots pellets and closely resell -- resembled an ac47. believe racism was involved as they have done much in three years to build bridgely specifically with the latino community. officials are asking anyone attending the demonstration leave all toy weapons at home. that roast is planned for today at noon. in the newsroom for abc7 news. >> the accused drunk driver charmed with hitting and killing a menlo park couple will enter a plea in court. we are finding out more abo
. andy lopez was killed when he was holding a toy rifle that looked like a real assault rifle. >> candles were aranked and a cross adjusted for the growing 1-year-old andy lopez, it was not marked on a few people here that this day marks the day of the dead. >> every 1st and 2nd of november you come and celebrate the dead, or the loved ones of that passed away. >> andy lopez' parents were here a few hours. they left just of a sunset. they did no the want to speak on camera but they said they will have an announcement on monday. they will join their team of attorneys to announce a federal lawsuit against the sonoma county sheriff's department. organizers say they had no connection of connecting the 13-year-old death to the day, they just wanted to support the family. >> everyone wants to be here remembering andy. that's all it is. we don't want it talk with what happened to andy or anything like that. we just want to remember him. >> a lopez family attorney said the 13-year-old has not been laid to rest because his parents have been waiting for his grandmother to arrive from mexico. she ar
shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy. deputies say 13-year-old, andy lopez, was carrying a replica assault weapon when he was shot and killed. the police department later found out that gun wasn't real. >> he had dreams and someone took that away from him. he had a life to live and he only was able to live it to 13. that is hard. >> hundreds gathered at his memorial service sunday. maligned >> a sea of mourners wore white shirts with photos of andy on them. the family says the teen and his siblings are good children that were raised well. they say they will have an account set up for people who would like to donate to andy lopez's funeral. >> the men sampras's go police say shot after an attempted robbery and assault in the marina district remains in the hospital this morning. the incident happened about 1:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. police say that the suspect tried to rob someone using the atm at chestnut and paris. the suspect fired seven rounds and ran down the street. when police arrived the hispanic male suspect took off running then, officers said that he turned towards him
and killed a 13-year-old boy, andy lopez who police say was holding a replica of an ak 47. wayne freedman has more and reports tonight the sheriff has broken his silence. >> when investigators from santa rosa police department arrived at the sheriff's office this afternoon, they weren't saying much about last week's shooting death of the 13-year-old andy lopez but the sheriff's department opened up a little today in the form of the sheriff himself. >> they can never take back what happened. we can express our sorrow to the lopez family and kmuchbl kmuchblt -- community. the way we make it right so to speak is cooperate fully with the investigation being conducted by the santa rosa and petaluma police departments, cooperate with the district attorney's office and then, grand jury when they review the case after the district attorney. >> at place where a sheriff deputy shot andy lopez seven times for carrying a pellet-shooting replica of an ak 47, more anger its maddening what they did. they used excessive force so justice is that that one sheriff, that one sheriff, the one that did it to get p
. >>> it has been one week since the death of andy lopez the 13- year-old was shot and killed last tuesday by sonoma county sheriff deputy who thought the air soft toy gun the teen was carrying was real. >> reporter: a funeral for the boy is just now getting under way. allie rasmus was live at the funeral. >> reporter: the parking lot here at the sonoma sheriff's office was packed with close to 1,000 people. there were no arrests or any problems, this was a peaceful event today. but as a precaution, all nonofficial workers were let home early. the sheriff's office closed at noon today. >> reporter: on the roof and in front of the building, deputies guarded the entrance to the sonoma county sheriff's office. in front, protesters made their message clear. the shooting death of andy lopez by sheriff deputies outraged the community. >> it could have been my child. it could have been my kid. >> i come as a father. my heart is broken for that family. and it could have been my kid. >> reporter: the day began with a noon rally. then the crowd marched to sonoma college. many of protesters were stu
. >> another demonstration will be held in santa rosa to protest the fatal shooting of 13-year-old andy lopez. 600 people attended the funeral last night at resurrection church. he was carrying a toy ak-47 when shot last week near his home. the deputy has been identified as erick gelhaus, a veteran officer with the department. the message from the funeral resonated with lopez' friends. >> he was too young. he didn't deserve that. he still -- he is here in spirit. >> two rallies were held in santa rosa. >> today, the alameda county sheriff and fire department will update their investigation of the castro valley nursing home where patients needed to call 9-1-1 for help. the sheriff deputies found 14 disabled patients at the valley springs manor with only three carrying for them and one was a janitor. they closed the facility eight days ago and suspended the license. most of the staff, then, left. >> today, a top obama administration official faces a grilling before congress on the bungled rollout of the health care reform plan. katie marzullo has a preview. >> health and human services secretar
has been seen. >> catherine: tonight, we're learning more about how 13 year old andy lopez was killed by a sheriff's deputy in santa rosa. >> reporter:hundreds of people gathered again for another rally in his honor.. kron 4's charles clifford is in santa rosa and has the latest. >> reporter:on wednesday afternoon, hundreds of people rallied in santa rosa, demanding justice for the death of 13-year-old andy lopez. >> reporter:meanwhile new details have emerged into exactly what happened that fatefull day here along moorland avenue. >> reporter:the santa rosa police department and petaluma police are investigating the shooting and they confirmed on wednesday that two deputies confronted andy lopez, but that only one...deputy erik gelhous.. fired his weapon. the other deputy, a trainee, was driving the patrol car and by the time he exited the vehicle, lopez had already been shot. >> reporter:we have also learned that a witness may have been driving just ahead of the patrol car and spotted lopez moments before the deputies did. >> he rolled out to them out his window and yelled that the
for 13-year-old andy lopez and a fair investigation. they are more angry than ever learning about what happened the afternoon of the shooting. a santa rosa police lieutenant confirmed it was ten seconds between when erick gelhaus reported there was a person with a gun and when the deputy reported shots fired. >> i have teenagers. this is hurt will. >> he yelled at the subject twice to drop the weapon and he did not do that but he turned to face the deputies. >> erick gelhaus fired when the muzzle was pointed at him. he thought it was an ak-47 but we know it was a pellet gun. erick gelhaus fired eight times and hit by seven bullets. the police want to be transparent with the community which is why they are releasing the news of the investigation. >> san jose police chief is calling for a meeting with recruits in latest move to prevent new officers from leaving the force. this is after revelations that half of the latest police academy graduate class is considering positions elsewhere. five graduates have left and some city leaders suggest plans including the possibility of charges new o
tener que enterrar un hijo, hoy comenzaron los funerales de andy lopez quien muriÓ a abatido por la policÍa, la familia exige que el hecho no quede impune, vamos con el reporte. >>> toda la comunidad latina estamos devastada por los hechos. >>> todavÍa no salen del asombro por la forma en que muriÓ andy lÓpez, hoy fcomenzÓ el funeral, llevaban flores y al mismo tiempo peticiones. >>> esperamos que tomen cartas en el asunto. >>> queremos justicia para este niÑo inocente que fue abatido cuelmente. >>> andy muriÓ a disparos por la policÍa de sonoma. >>> yo pienso que las cosas no pueden quedarse asÍ en el olvido. >>> desde que se conociÓ el hecho, la comunidad de santa rosa realizÓ una serie de protestas. >>> justicia sobre todo porque esto fue algo muy feo. >>> edgardo quijano para univisiÓn. >>> existe una red de trÁfico d armas que utiliza la rred red instagram, lo peor de todos es que estas ventas se hacen sin hacer una revisiÓn de antecedentes y sin comprobar si el comprador es un menor de edad. >>> y el mÉdico que tratÓ a michael jackson estÁ listo para recuperar
on the sonoma county sheriff that killed 13-year-old andy lopez, he is a 24 year veteran, a field training officer and firearms instructor. lopez had a replica ak47. agencies are investigating. it is his own words putting him in question. in swat magazine he said today is the today you may need to kill someone in order to go home. somebody needs to be in charge so make a decision. when you are cause in an ambush you need to make your decisions immediately and just as quickly. you need to shut down the bad guys so you can go home. community leaders are planning a march. >>> in menlo park a woman killed two pedestrians. this woman is charged with two felony counts of manslaughter. her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. >> what we found in the car and preliminary blood alcohol level was over .15. the testing isn't completed. this is not an issue in the case. >> there is a memorial near the scene of the accident. the couple of menlo park, she could face 15 years prison. she is on a million dollars bail and has a 2012 d i conviction. >>> j.r. stone was in marin with the closing arg
. >> this is the bay area's news station. kron4 now. 13-year-old andy lopez was shot 7 times october 22nd. now there is a growing force against the community of santa rosa and the sheriff's department. >> reporter: there were tears and cries as they said goodbye to their son. his mother department her face hidden. >> why did he shoot 7 times to a little kid? >> reporter: all of them were there as his casket was wheeled into the church. >> it is heart breaking. i had to leave. it was too hard standing there. >> family, friends and those who didn't know andy showed up to give support. this woman said santa rosa is mourning for andy. >> knowing that could happen, it shouldn't happen. >> reporter: to those who did know andy, they try to remember the good times. >> he was my friend, and he liked me. and we got caught kissing. he had beautiful eye and a smile. >> reporter: these then were overcome with emotion. >> please help. make him pay for this. this is not right. >> reporter: the church where his funeral was held is quiet, but there will be another protest and march scheduled
of protests are underway. after 13-year-old andy lopez was shot and killed by a deputy in santa rosa more than a week ago there live - where we're learning more about a second deputy who was on the scene. >> reporter: going to downtown santa rosa a couple of miles away. certainly upset about how in the lopez was killed am. in the center of the police department they shared the information that they learn through interviews with deputies today. we learned today, that there was another deputy with him that was a trainee he was in training at the time of the shooting they were driving north or moreland the attorney was actually driving the car. when they spotted and below is on the side of the road carrying what they say with an assault weapon. they called in to dispatch that they were born to investigate a speech suspicious person. according to the center of los police department he was bringing it to stop bill hoff had exited from the passenger side as shot shouted at low test. lt. paul him with the santa rosa police to parma describes what happens next. >> he yelled at the suspect at the subje
lawsuit. that could happen as early as tomorrow. andy lopez's family has already filed three wrongful death claims. lopez was carrying a replica assault rifle when deputy eric gelhaus shot him last month. >>> a critical vote on tuesday could dramatically alter the look of san fransisco's water front. voters will cast ball oates and ots on tuesday. a poll finds they're losing at the moment. half of voters surveyed says they won't sign off on the project. nearly the same number opposed raising the height limit so the complex can be built. >>> and early voting is underway tonight on kpix 5 at 11. we sort out both sides of the issue and find out what's really at stake. >>> good news and bad news for one upscale bay area shopping center, walnut creek shopping plaza is adding shopping space creating a shoppers's play grouped. but to make it happen, a hundred stores could get the boot. >> reporter: 300,000 square foot will be added. that's good news for shoppers. >> a variety of shops that are offered, the outdoor field. >> neiman marcus. >> yes. >> reporter: it calls for big changes. beginn
was shocked to learn that deputy was the same man that shot and killed a 13-year-old andy lopez last month. >> wow, i saw something, my wife even said that night he will shoot someone. minutes after the stop, he said he refused to explain why he drew his weapon. we could not reach his attorney today, but earlier today an attorney said that he would never willy nilly pull out his gun. jeff westbrook says he now feels dplt that he didn't do more. >> you're looking at a man that pulled a gun, and i know they don't pull them unless they intend to use them. >> jeff says he plans to file a formal complaint very soon. >>> police are investigating a rash of robberies on campus. there has been three recently. the most recent one was at the faculty glade. an 1-year-old woman was grabbed from behind enthe second pulled a gun on her and took her phone and rifled through her purse. her attackers got away. one student says she's done something to protect herself. >> i have a pepper spray in my bag now. i just got it lke yesterday, but i got it now. >> uc berkeley police have been stepping up patrols but
from -- these are live pictures from santa rosa where a memorial for andy lopez continues to grow as he will be laid to rest later today. and more protests are scheduled later today. that's why we're also live in oakland. who will be bussed in today and why their presence is raising some eyebrows. that's coming up in a live report. welcome to "mornings on 2." i'm tori campbell. >> good morning. i'm dave clark. >>> we're gonna check your weather and traffic. how does it look, steve? >> cloudy to mostly cloudy. light sprinkles out there. more toward santa rosa down to monterey. some of it not showing up on the radar. snow showing up for one more day. a lot of this will start to push off to the lee side. at least there's a rain/snow mix up there. gilroy, .15 rain. celine knauss, .04. watsonville, .03. a few sprinkles. mostly cloudy. cool to cold. partly sunny this afternoon. cool, breezy. as the low moves out, i think the breeze will pick up. 40s and 50s. if it weren't for the cloud cover we'd be much, much cooler. we're losing a lot of the breeze. it will probably pick up. san francisco,
sospechosos. blanca ---la madre de andy lopez ha presentado una denuncia formal contra el condado de sonoma ... roll open under ...y el departamento del alguacil, por la muerte del menor a manos de un agente de dicha agencia. take vo ---de acuerdo al reclamo, andy fue baleado injustificadamente por el agente "erick gelhaus" y el departamento del alguacil no proporciono suficiente capacitacion a sus efectivos sobre el uso de fuerza letal. vo-blanca ---precisamente esta maÑana el "fbi" anuncio que reducira el personal dedicado a investigar la muerte de andy lopez. ---segun el diario "santa rosa press democrat", la agencia federal no realizara una investigacion independiente y completa... y solo se limitara a ofrecer apoyo a la policia local. vo ---y precisamente ese mismo diario informa que el agente que le disparo a lopez ha estado emocionalmente alterado desde el incidente. ---la abogada del policia asegura que la muerte del menor le ha impactado y que le preocupa el efecto que esto tendra en la familia de andy. vo ---pero ahora, surgio un conductor del condado de sonoma quien cuestiona la
dispar a "andy lopez" es un experimentado alguacil e instructor. ---pilar nino hablo con oficiales del consulado de mexico take 2 box ... quienes estan asistiendo a la familia y nos reporta desde san francisco. 0:01 0:08 0:29 1:06 1:44 2:16 pkg 22:40 asi es y hoy tambien por primera vez hablo uno de los abogados que esta ayudando a la familia y esto fue lo que nos dijo 22:48 andy lopez fue impacatado por siete balas, en el pecho, la cadera,los gluteos, el antebrazo y su muneca.... hoy se supo que el oficial que le disparo es un experimentado alguacil, instructor en nombre, eric gelhaus...el es un veterano de la guerra de irak, que lleva 24 anos con el departamento del sheriff de sonoma, donde ademas tambien es instructor... 3:51 el es un instructor de armas, tiene 19 anos de instructor de armas y tambien es un entrenador de oficiales por patrullas 3:58 gelhaus junto a un companero, vieron a andy caminando armado con una replica de un rifle ak-47 la semana pasada en santa rosa......segun las autoridades,l e ordenaron tirarlo, pero el joven que estaba de espalda, empezo a gi
to the central freeway. >> we are learning more about the death of 13 year- old andy lopez cruz. friends and family members are planning a march today to remember him. it's kron4 will tran is live in santa rosa with more. >> i was here last thursday and this has grown at least four times the size. the outbreaks continues. a few days after he was shot and they did a protests but they're not giving up. when i walked over here, you see signs but also why they feel he should not have been shot. they stated that he was just carrying a replica gun and that the deputies should have known that. there is a march today and a rally. it will go all the way to 05 p.m.. they want to tell the sheriff office that there is no way they should have shot this board. the sheriff's office stated in the heat of the moment there is no way they could have known what was going on. >> prosecutors are telling the community that they understand and that people should give them time to give their investigation. when we get information we will have more. >> we're also getting more information about the deputy who
school and joined hundreds of protestor and it culminated with the funeral for andy lopez. it was impossible for people to hide their pain as the casket of 13-year-old andy lopez was lead out of the resurrection church in santa rosa. more than 600 people were here, classmates, strangers and the family including his heart broken parents. his funeral mass was in spanish with a message that resonated with friends. >> he was too young. he didn't deserve that. he is gone, but he is here spiritual. >> lopez was shot to death as he was walking near his home. he was carrying a toy rifle made to look like an ak47. sonoma county sheriff deputies stopped him and told him to drop the gun, they say. deputy opened fire claiming the boy turned toward them with the realistic gun in his hand. >> i don't blame the officer or the child. >> he joined the few dozen people who converged on the memorial. some of whom came directly from the funeral. >> we need to learn to have more compassion in terms of the toys we let them play with. >> there was little sympathy during the two daytime rallies.
in this case. today that moved inside the four walls of the church. carried by friends and family, andy lopez's body was ushered into the church with soft spanish hymns, and the heartbreak of an entire community. >> kind of gave you a little punch in the heart. >> reporter: inside to the church, a standing room only crowd came to pay their respects and find peace with andy's death last week. >> i think maybe being here in church might consolidate you for few minutes, but then the nightmare just will never go away, ever. >> reporter: many at the mass new the teen. >> they took away one of my friends from his parents, and from my life. >> for others, andy's face was a stranger in the crowd, until his death. now the 13-year-old a symbol of violence hitting too close to home. >> heart wrenching. it was very heart-wrenching, having seen the mother, i can't even fathom what she's going through. >> long after andy was taken back to the funeral home and his family left to mourn in private, the crowd stayed, offering prayers for child who could have been their own. >> stop, stop, please, no more. >>
's deputy. the death of andy lopez has become a flash point and a growing concern over police overreaction and racial profiling. the deputy who killed lopez thought the boy's pellet gun made to look like an a.k.-47, was the real thing. >> what we really want is for something to change. we want something tangible in terms of policy, to change. >> we're tired of being looked at as a threat to the police. they're here to protect us. >> the protest came on the same day that andy lopez's friends and family said a final good-bye at his funeral mass. the fbi has joined the investigation into his death. >>> singer chris brown has checked into a rehab facility to deal with anger issues. the move comes one day after brown was released from a washington, d.c. jail on assault charges. brown could face serious jail time if officials in los angeles determine that the d.c. arrest violates his probation. >>> and this would be depressing to find in your driveway when you went out in the morning. there wasn't much left of this honda element after a momma bear and two cubs got through with it. claw marks on
surrounding andy lopez's death prompted protests and calls for justice. bigad shaban reports. >> reporter: family and friends of 13-year-old andy lopez gathered at his funeral mass to say their final good-byes. many still struggle to make sense of his death. >> it makes me very upset that something like this would happen to a 13-year-old who was just walking down the street to go see his friends. >> reporter: investigators say sonoma county sheriff's deputy eric gailhouse shot the teen seven times in ten seconds after mistaking his pellet gun for an ak-47. he is a 20-year veteran. >> it's tragic event on many levels for many, for the lopez and the community but it's affecting us also. just hours before lopez's funeral, thousands from across the state, including many middle and high school students, marched to the sheriff's department in protest. >> justice needs to be done for him and for every little teenager kid that they can feel free to walk down the street with no fear. >> reporter: the shooting has inspired a series of rallies in the normally quiet town of santa rosa. >> what do we
and killed 13-year-old andy lopez. typically the police do not released information about an officer involved shooting like this one. but there are serious concerns that tempers might boil over so police are trying to be as transparent as possible. >> tonight's demonstration swelled to 1500 people in santa rosa's courthouse square. >> this hurts me. it is something painful for me and for everybody. >> demonstrators areville -- are villa fying them after new details were released the way he shot and killed andy lopez. >> we >> we believe the time period between the time the deputy hold his dispatcher what his observations were and the time he advised on the radio shots were fired was 10 seconds. >> and i cannot understand how this happened in such a short, short time, 10 seconds and the boy is murdered. >> they spotted lopez carrying this rifle that looks like an ak47. >> he yelled at the subject two teams to drop the weapon. the subject did not do that. he turned to face the deputies. >> that's when the mizell of andy's gun was pointed at him and he fired eight shots striking andy seven times
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-old andy lopez. he was shot seven times by a deputy last week who thought he was carrying an ak-47 rifle. it was really a plastic gun that fires plastic pellets. sheriff's deputies tried to show how similar the two guns look. the fake one is on the left. california state senator kevin de leon is considering reintroducing a bill that would require all toy guns and b.b. guns to be translucent or brightly calendar. when he proposed this in 2011, it was strongly opposed by the national rifle association and in toy gun makers. i imagine the people who make these toy guns say the point is for them to look real. >> exactly. >> reporter: and no one wants a gun that's bright pink or brightiel or bright orange. >> we're talking about children's lives. we're talking about lives cut short by law enforcement because law enforcement did not have the ability within a split nanosecond to discriminate 20 real thing and the fake gun. >> reporter: a 1988 federal law requires imitation guns to at least have a plays-orange plug in the barrel. yet the plugs can be removed or calendar over. pellet guns are not
county deputy who shot and killed 13-year old andy lopez last week in santa rosa. the deputy has been been identified as 48-year-old erick gelhaus. a 24-year veteran of the sheriff's office. he is also a field training officer and firearms instructor. he and another deputy were on patrol when they spotted lopez with what turned out to be a replica a-k-47. several agencies are investigating - including the f.b.i. but it's gelhaus' own words that are putting his actions >> in an article he wrote in swat magazine back in november 2008, he said -- "today is the day you may need to kill someone in order to go home. somebody needs to be in charge, so make a decision." >> and in the same article, he said "when you are caught in an ambush, you need to make your decisions immediately and carry them out just as quickly. you need to shut down the bad guys who initiated the ambush so that you can go home." >> hundreds of people are expected to march through downtown santa rosa tuesday afternoon to protest the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old andy lopez by sonoma county sheriff's deputy erick gelha
. the public viewing for andy lopez began at 2:00 this afternoon in a private mortuary in windsor and is scheduled to end at 9:00. he was carrying a replica gun that shoots well lets but was designed to look like an ak-47 assault rifle. sparked protesting and marches. tonight, anger runs high. >> the sheriffs take advantage of their jobs. and he didn't need to die and a lot of people are angry about it, too, they know andy wouldn't have -- >> police say lopez did not follow orders to drop his weapon and raise the barrel of the replica gun towards deputies in the moments before the shooting and the fbi is conducting an independent investigation as well. >>> we have a follow-up now on a story we first brought you last night. the alameda county sheriff's office announced it opened an investigate into a case of a senior care facility that may have been abandoned with 14 patients over the weekend. the valley springs nursing home were left with only a cook, janitor and another caretaker for two days. the rest of the employees left after the state ordered it to be temporarily shut down o
protesting the deadly shooting of 13-year-old andy lopez. later today, another march and rally is planned in santa rosa. in the meantime we're getting new information now about the moment that andy lopez was shot. ktvu's pam cook is in our newsroom now with that story. >> we're hearing from a second deputy who was at the scene about the moments during that fatal shooting of 13-year-old andy lopez. now, investigators say the teenager was already more tally wounded by the time a -- mortally wounded by the time he got in position. while the investigation continues, so do the protests and reaction from the community. hundreds of people attended the teenager's funner -- funeral last night. the investigation shows the 13- year-old was holding a bb gun that resembles an ak-47 assault weapon. county leaders say this has led to growing tension between law enforcement officers and the community and county leaders say there needs to be better communication between police and the people. >> that's part of the discussion we're gonna have. what dialogue can owe create to ensure -- can we create to ensu
andy lopez. he was shotless week october 22nd while holding a toy gun that looked lick an ak 47. assault rifle. 7 news reporter wayne has the story. >> it keeps growing. what began as vigil with if you candle now has enough to spell out the name andy. what gap as simple cross now has more permanent struck take your. tl painted it white. >> that represents the angel in andy. >> lopez family has yet to speak out formally today andy older brother anthony told us how they are if doing. they are hanging in. really hard open everyone. the house isn't even the same any more. >>reporter: how soil. it's just quiet. felonies like there is a void in the house. >>reporter: void since week ago last tuesday when sonoma county sheriff's deputy eric mistook a pellet gun for the real they think and fired 7 shots into andy. killing him at the scene. since then the family filed a claim against the county and sheriff's office. deputy communicated only through his attorney. >> this is a terrible situatio situation. it's tragic. we all personally feel for the family and for the commu
in sonoma county tonight for 13- year-old andy lopez. who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy. now the deputy says lopez refused ordered to put down what appeared to be an assault rifle. 48-year-old eric gelhouse is a 24 year veteran of the department. he was on a training exercise tuesday night when he saw anthony lopez holding a bb gun he thought was an assault weapon. he shot lopez serve times after lopez allegedly failed to put down the gun and turn towards the officers. two marches are now being organized for lopez. one by a woman who says she didn't know him but is disturbed by what happened. >> i think the community here is tired of being you know somewhat persecuted. always feeling that they're suspicious in some way. >> that march is being held on wednesday evening. another one is scheduled for noon today from santa rosa junior college to the sheriff's office. >>> time now 5:04. yesterday volunteers handed out permissionships so students could participate in the march but the district says the student who is do not attend school do so at their own risk. they say people are
>> reporter: raj, an emotional crowd is here gathered for andy lopez's funeral. take a look. you can see this church is full. there are people standing in the doorways, listening, wanting to say good-bye to the 13-year-old boy. there are lots of young families here with long faces. the service was scheduled to begin at 5:00, but started around 5:30. a group of young pallbearers and church leaders in white robes at resurrection parish church in santa rosa brought the 13-year-old body's inside while a silent crowd watched. hundreds of people from all over the bay area are here. many came from an earlier protest demanding justice for protest. angry a sonoma county sheriffs deputy shot the teen because he had a toy rifle. people who know the lopez family says it's a relief to see so much support. >> this is very powerful. this is something beyond what i thought was going to happen. what i thought to be just as a community begging for justice. which i think is very supportive and especially to andy's mom. i think she does need the support. >> reporter: now, tonight, there will be pray
-year-old andy lopez last week. jeffrey westbrook claims the same deputy erick gelhaus pulled a gun on him two months ago. westbrook says he was carpooling to work on 101 when the deputy pulled him over for failing to use a turn signal. westbrook says he offered to make room for gelhaus to stand on the highway's narrow shoulder. >> as the car starts to move, he screams, turn the car off! and, you know, as i'm still looking at him, he pulled his weapon out and now he is just point-blank. >> westbrook is in the process of filing a formal complaint against gelhaus. gelhaus right now is on administrative leave following the lopez shooting. a lawyer for deputy gelhaus told the "san francisco chronicle," gelhaus and another deputy thought andy lopez's gun was a real ak-47. >>> a mother couldn't hide her emotions after her son was found guilty of crimes that could lock him up for decades. >> i love you, baby! >> a marin county jury convicted 19-year-old max wade of grand theft auto and attempted murder. the stolen car with celebrity chef guy fierro yellow lamborghini that was taken from
with abc7 news today. 13-year-old andy lopez was carrying a toy gun that looked real when the officer opened fire. deputy eric goalhouse's lawyer says he feels terrible about the loss of the young man but he believes he had no other option but to fire his weapon. vic lee in the newsroom with more for us. vick? >> reporter: abc7 news has learned that andy lopez's family has filed claim against sonoma county and the sheriff's office. here it s it was just filed today. now, the county has six months to either accept it or reject it. if that happens, the family would most likely file a lawsuit. the claimant is andy lopez mother. the claim says the 13-year-old was killed unjustifiably and charges that the sheriff's office failed to develop adequate training policies for the use of lethal force. it does not specify an amount for damages. deputy goalhouse has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. >> we feel for the loss of this young man's life. he feels for the loss for the family, for the community. >> reporter: but deputy eric goalhouse's lawyer, terry leone,
county sheriff's deputy involved in the andy lopez shooting. a man has come forward claiming he had an unsettled encounter with the dpult recently. katie is live in our news room. katie. >> a north bay man says he was shocked when ae realized that the sanoma county sheriff's deputy was the same deputy who pulled a gun on him two months ago. he claims he was driving his bmw when the deputy pulled him over for a traffic stop for failing to use his turn signal. westbrook says during the encounter, the deputy pulled out his gun twice. he didn't report it at the time, but now his stepdaughter says westbrook is going to talk to police about the incident because he feels it was out of line. >> he realized that, you know, if he shot a man or, you know, a kid, you know, there was a possibility that he could have shot him, as well. so he was scared. >> gaylehouse's attorney gave us this statement reporting the incident. quote, based on deputy galehouse's experiment and training, he would never willy-nilly pull out his gun, only if there would be a need for it. she also tells us the shooting o
's deputy are gathering to say thank you to the community for support. 13-year-old andy lopez was shot while holding a gun that looked like an ak-47 and it was a toy gun. cornell bernard is live in santaa with more on the gathering. cornell? >> reporter: the neighborhood gathering is just getting under way on this vacant lot. this is where of course sandy lopez was shot and killed. this is a pot lick and we are told everyone is invited. thank you to the community for support during a difficult time. donations to the family are welcome. meantime, memorial for andy lopez continues to grow and many bring flowers and candles. lopez was killed october 22nd shot by sheriffs deputy eric gale house who believed he was carrying an assault rifle that turned out boob a bb gun. police say he fired on the teen after he was ordered to drop the gun and did not. organizers hope it's a chance for the community to heal. >> you come and be with the family and support them for the loss. >> i just wanted to show my support for the family. hope that some changes are made. >> the lopez family has just arrived here
. >> a memorial is underway in santa rosa today for a teenager, andy lopez, who was shot and killed tuesday afternoon while walking with an air rifle resembling an ak-47. the deputy says he told lopez to drop the weapon but the teen turned and pointed the air rifle at him. the deputy opened fire and hit the teen seven times. the funeral is tomorrow. >>> a danville family is holding a mecklenberg -- holding a memorial right now for two children who died in a car accident a decade ago. they were riding a scooter and a bicycle on a city sidewalk when they were hit and killed by 45-year-old in 2003. she was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs. the memorial is underway at danville's sycamore elementary school. >> two more assist evidence living facilities in oakland and modesto have had their licenses suspended, both owned by the same person who owns the castro valley facility. 14 disabled patients were found cared for by just three people. we spoke by phone with the owner's attorney. he says the owner is severely ill and bed-ridden and disputes the allegations patients were ab
across the area this past week. sonoma county sheriff's deputy shot andy lopez on tuesday. lopez turned a replica ak37 assault rifle toward the deputies. today lopez family held a memorial for lopez. >>> also police shot and killed ryan solanga. it happened on poplar. solanga's uncle said he was unarmed. this was his first deadly officer involved shooting in san bruno in two decades. >>> and in union city, police shot and killed 47-year-old timothy lopez on monday night. the officers say they opened fire because lopez who was a parolee did not comply with officers orders. they said lopez was armed with a pipe and threatened them. this was the third officer involved shooting in union city this year. >>> new information now about that castro valley nursing home that is now empty. sheriff deputies found more than a dozen residents some of them bedridden abandoned yesterday. tonight we're looking at the home's troubled past. officials ordered management to close that facility. why workers apparently walked out. >> the crime scene tape means this is as close as one can get to valley manor on
by a sonoma county sheriff deputy. friends and family held a service for 13-year-old andy lopez fatally shot on tuesday afternoon while walking with a toy rifle that she assembled an ak-47. the deputy told lopez to drop the weapon but he turned and pointed it at hilt. the deputy feared for his life and opened fire. the f.b.i. has joined local agencies looking into the shooting. >> a district attorney is expected to open an investigation today into a senior living facility accused of leashing patients to fend for themselves. the sheriff deupties found 14 disabled patients on saturday. the staff left after officials ordered the facility closed last week. three workers including a janitor, stayed, without pay, to care for the patients. owner's attorney said there was sufficient staff. >> i will base everything on what the paramedics say. we are in law enforcement but if the medics are saying we need to getten to the hop, i go with what they say. >> the attorney says it is a misunderstanding and the owner is ill. the company owns two other facilities operating licenses that were revoked in those
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